Welcome back, crafty friends! Today’s blog is a little bit longer as I have a fun, customized wedding card that I was commissioned to make for my friends, for their cousin’s upcoming wedding. Whew, that’s a mouthful, isn’t it? 🙂 I had a lot of fun creating this card but fair warning: it takes a lot of time and love to pull this card together. There are a lot of different techniques used on this card and it took quite a bit of engineering to figure out how to get the extra pop-up in the right place (and working) so the bike looks like it’s on the road. To help refresh my memory on how to use and configure these time-saving dies from Lawn Fawn, I referred back to Online Card Classes Wild Card class for help on that. I really love the card classes over at OCC and I highly recommend them. They offer TONS of techniques and inspiration (in EVERY class) that you can refer back to whenever you want. Full disclosure: I don’t receive any sort of compensation for recommending these classes…I just love them and want to share this fantastic resource available for a super reasonable price.
I didn’t really have a lot to go on as far as wedding colors (or what the bride and groom even looked like) but I had been dying to use this adorable stamp set from Lawn Fawn so I just used what colors I thought were best lol. I had been given a low-res, grainy photo on just a small portion of the invite and it looked like the colors were to be black and gold. I even asked…but I later found out (after the card was finished) that the colors were actually NAVY and gold. I also started out with a dark brown haired girl and I was told the bride was actually blonde so I changed her out after the card was finished. I probably would have done the bicycle in a navy or pale pink if I’d known that because after I made the bride blonde, I felt that there was way too much yellow throughout the entire card (the bike, the hair, the flowers, the background…) and a navy bike would have been lovely with the rest of the colors in the card. In the end, my clients were happy with the final product and so was I! 😀
Now, let’s get started on today’s card.
I used Stampin’ Up! Mint Macaroon cardstock to create my card base (cut to 5.5″ x 8.5″ and scored at 4.25″) as well as the pop-up. I used Lawn Fawn’s Stitched Hillside Pop-Up and a small die from Everyday Pop-Up Dies (to add an extra layer for the bike.) To create the extra pop-up required a bit of trial and error. I slightly changed the way the die was supposed to work. I need the extra pop-up to pop away from the front hill I added it to but if I used the die as intended – the bottom fold (that attaches to the card base) butted up against the card back – then that new pop-up die wouldn’t stick out. So I had to fold the bottom fold the opposite way when attaching it to the card base. I knew the direction of the fold was important to help with distancing the pop-up from the card back so I put it in the card base with the bottom fold butting up against the back of the card base and marked where it was so I knew how far away to adhere the pop-up once I flipped the bottom fold the way I needed it – which was facing outwards. Problem solved, right? Well, no. After I finished my card I realized that the bottom fold also helps ensure the card opens wide enough to see the scene, but not too far that the card almost lays flat. So I had to go back and secure that pop-up base after the fact. I did that by cutting another Stitched Hills Pop-Up and just used that back hill and bottom fold AS INTENDED 😉 and adhered to the pop-up already in my card. If I were to do this again, I would make sure I do things in the following order:
Start off stamping all the images you need from Lawn Fawn’s Bicycle Built for You Stamp and color with Copic markers. (Specific markers used will be in the full product list at the bottom of this post.) I do not own the coordinating dies for this stamp set, so I fussy cut them out leaving a small white border around them. This didn’t take long at all except for the bike. Cutting out those spokes did take some time, I won’t lie! Labor of love, remember?? 😉
Next, create a soft sky for the happy couple to ride off into the sunset. I first used Lawn Fawn Puffy Cloud Border Dies to create stencils (out of scrap cardstock, then used the stencils and Inkylicious Ink Dusters (LOVE these babies!!) to make the clouds on a 4.25″ x 5.5″ panel of Ninah Solar White 80 lb. cardstock. I used Scattered Straw with a touch of Spun Sugar Distress Inks — making sure to leave a bit of white at the top of each cloud line.
Cut out Lawn Fawn’s Little Town Border Die from white cardstock and shade houses.
Cut out a Lawn Fawn Stitched Hillside border (out of mint cardstock) to go along the back of the card base as a ground for the cloud scene. Before adhering this to the back panel, attach the houses (that were just cut and colored) to the back of the hillside die cut.
Cut out TWO Stitched Hillside Pop-Up die from mint card. Use one in its entirety and only the back hill/bottom fold (as explained above) of the second die cut. Before you adhere these two panels together (so that the pop-up is fully secure and easier to add to the card base as you’ll be placing it as intended), you need to figure out where to add the additional pop-up for the bicycle.
Cut out the Road Border dies – use white cardstock for the wide road and use Lawn Fawn’s Narwhal cardstock to cut out the road that has the little slits in the middle. After I cut out the road in narwhal, I used my Ink Dusters to add a bit of dirt (aka shading) with Black Soot Distress Ink to the piece of Narwhal card. Adhere the two dies together for an instant road! I placed the road on my card base to see how everything lined up so I could figure out where my additional pop-up (for the bicycle) needed to go.
Place the additional pop-up onto the Stitched Hillside Pop-Up die cut (the full one, not the one we chopped up to use as support) and ran that through my Cuttlebug. Once I had that cut, I could adhere the full Stitched Hillside Pop-Up and the extra, half-version we cut for support, together.
Cut out, color and adhere Flower Border Die to the pop-up die cut. To make my flowers a little more seamless I did cut slight slits into some of the pop-up fasteners (the strips that come off the back of the pop-up to attach to the card back) so the flowers would be properly spaced then adhere the entire pop-up die cut to the panel. I could have just snipped the flowers that were in the way but my orderly brain couldn’t handle things not being as perfect as possible! I also could have just bought the Flower Hillside Pop-Up Add-On Die but hey, this gave me a bit of a challenge and for those of you who know me, you know I LOVE a good challenge! If I were to make a bunch of these cards though, I would most definitely purchase the add-on die and that would make life SO much quicker!
Cut out and adhere mint card to cover the area from the foremost hill to the front of the card (where the road and sentiment will sit on.) Yes, this card WILL be heavier than your typical card and cost more to post, BUT I think the weight from this panel is necessary in order to keep the card from getting top heavy! And, this card is for a very special occasion and is a labor of love so what’s a bit more postage in the grand scheme of things? 🙂
I lined up the road how it fits best to place the bike on it and adhered to the base of the card.Now it’s just down to attaching the bike (with a bit of foam tape with liquid adhesive to ensure it holds) and the Lawn Fawn Fancy Folded Banner Die I made with the date on it.
I cut the banner out of white cardstock and blended a bit of Mustard Seed onto it to match the rest of the card. Then I used my powder tool to prep before stamping the date using Lawn Fawn’s Jessie’s ABC’s Stamp to make the wedding date. I used Versafine Onyx Black ink and Hero Arts Black Embossing Powder and heat set using my heat tool.Last, I attached the banner I created using My Favorite Things Party Banners cut out of white card. I used a bit of clear tape on the back of the flags (that had the second cut) just to make sure they stayed put! I again used Jessie’s ABC’s Stamp to create the initials of the happy couple and I used the tiny little hearts that come in the Bicycle Built For You Stamp. I heat embossed the letters so there was a bit of extra pop and added a bit of Wink of Stella to the pink hearts. When adhering the banner, I only really glue along the “string” of the banner and the very tops of the flags so the bottom of the flags could hang loose and give the appearance of blowing in the wind!
I also created a belly band to go around this card using a piece of coordinating, yellow patterned paper from my stash and some vellum. I cut a long strip of decorative paper and adhered together using liquid adhesive (since it is so strong and I didn’t want it to come apart.) I heat embossed the sentiment and little hearts to a piece of vellum that was die cut using Tattered Lace Charisma Frames 1. Then I adhered to my belly band putting liquid adhesive behind the sentiment and hearts. I slid this around my card to keep it closed and put into a box from Hunkydory that I decorated using vellum die cut hearts and the Best Day Ever Die from Simon Says Stamp that I cut out of gold glitter paper from Die Cuts With a View paper pack.
Well, I think that’s more than enough for today! Please feel free to leave any questions in the comment section below and I’ll try to answer any questions you might have.
I’m submitting this card to Lawn Fawnatics Challenge #12 and Simon Says Stamp Wednesday Challenge Anything Goes.
As always, thanks for stopping by and…
See Y’all next time!
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FULL SUPPLY LIST
Lawn Fawn: Bicycle Built For You Stamp, Stitched Hillside Pop-Up Die, Stitched Hillside Border Die, Everyday Pop-Up Die, Flower Border Die, Little Town Border Die, Puffy Clouds Border Die, Road Border Die, Jessie’s ABC’s, Fancy Folded Banners Die, Lobster Ink
My Favorite Things: Party Banner Die
Tattered Lace: Charisma Frames 1 Die
Spellbinders: Classic Nesting Hearts Die
Simon Says Stamp: Best Day Ever Die
Distress Inks: Spun Sugar, Scattered Straw, Mustard Seed, Black Soot
Copic Sketch Markers: Y11, Y15, Y19, E53, E55, E57, E50, BV000, R20, YG23, YG17, BG10, BG13, C1, C2, C5, Blender Pen
Hero Arts: Ultra Fine Clear Embossing Powder, White Embossing Powder, Wagner Heat Tool
Inkylicious Ink Dusters, Ranger Multi Medium Matte, Kukoyo Tape Runner, Tonic 5″ Non-Stick Precision Scissors, 3M Foam Tape, DCWV Glitzy Glitter 6×6 Paper Pack, Versafine Onxy Black ink, Wow! Kir Royal Embossing Powder, EK Success Powder Tool, Fiskars 12″ Paper Trimmer, Bone Folder, 12 x 12 yellow heart patterned paper from my stash, Cricut Cuttlebug Machine v2, C Plate Adaptor